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we are back now with more of "today" on a wednesday morning, 20th day of july, 2011. jim bell day here on the "today" show. and in much of the country, as he celebrates his people. and these people celebrate i guess a little cooler temperatures. this afternoon here in new york city and then later in the week, we're talking temperatures in the upper 90s. >> that's right. heat indices well over 100. 32 states, the district of columbia under some form of heat advisory, warning, watch. 100 million americans affected by this heat. that's about two-thirds of the population of this country. >> and you watch the jet stream
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pretty closely. is there an end in sight here? >> no, not really. it's stuck in this position. it's way up to the north. more in just a little bit. >> go to a movie, go into air conditioning. >> check on the elderly. >> don't leave any animals in the car. roll down windows. anything else? that's it. right, okay. >> water. >> the latest on the hacking scandal? >> that's right. today the prime minister appears before parliament to answer questions. on tuesday, as we've been reporting this morning, news corp. chief rupert murdoch denies any knowledge of wrongdoing by his tabloid, "news of the world," shortly before his testimony was interrupteded by a protester who tried to pie him in the face. as you see here, his wife, wendi, the latest on that coming up. >> and there was no truth to the rumor that it was the grandson of soupy sales. money 911."
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the best refinancing options when it comes to student loans. and car loans. and speaking of money, you don't have to spend a fortune to look your best. we're going to check out some drugstore beauty secrets when it comes to your facial and beauty regime. >> cool. all right. >> a lot to get to. natalie's off today. savannah guthrie's over at the news desk with all the headlines. hi, savannah. >> good morning. in the news today, british prime minister david cameron is on the heat in the growing phone-hacking scandal in the uk, telling parliament it is his responsibility to, quote, clean up this mess. nbc's stephanie gosk has more for us. stephanie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. cameron's been answering questions all morning. he says he now regrets hiring andy colson, former editor of "news of the world" as his spokesman. you know, for the last couple of hours, there's been a little drama here and there. but for the most part, not nearly as much drama as yesterday.
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like one of the celebrities that fill his tabloids, rupert murdoch and his son, james, are making splash are ny headlines . the so-called humble pie attack. seated behind him, murdoch's wife, wendi, turned into a bodyguard, springing to his defense, wielding an instinctive and accurate punch. >> your wife has a good left hook. behind it, comedian johnny marbles. father and son sat side by side for three hours, apologizing over and over. >> this is the most humble day of my life. >> i would like to say as well just how sorry we are to particularly the victims of illegal voice mail interceptions. >> reporter: but at no point during the hearing did either murdoch accept responsibility for phone hacking at "news of the world." >> mr. murdoch, do you accept that ultimately you are responsible for that whole
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fiasco? >> no. >> you are not responsible? >> the people that i trusted to run it and then maybe people they trusted. >> reporter: from the beginning, james took the lead. >> i think my son can best answer that in more detail. >> reporter: at times jumping in to help when his 80-year-old father searched or stumbled for the answers. >> mr. john chapman. >> reporter: the parliament committee had hoped to get answers to specific detailed questions about the phone hacking. but often the head of news corp. and his deputy chief operating officer either didn't know or weren't saying. >> i have -- i have no knowledge. >> i cannot -- i don't know. >> reporter: james defended executives who resigned from their positions last friday. both formerly led murdoch's british newspaper office. later in the day, brooks faced questions by herself from the same panel. she was arrested on sunday over allegations of phone hacking and payments to police for information. she, too, denies any wrongdoing or any knowledge of wrongdoing.
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>> i have never paid a policeman myself. >> reporter: but for the murdochs, the day was not just about defending themselves. they were trying to salvage the reputation of news corp. >> "the news of the world" is less than 1% of our company. i employ 53,000 people around the world. >> reporter: in just two weeks, the second largest media company in the world has come under withering attacks. >> and it is our determination to both put things right, make sure these things don't happen again. >> reporter: it is widely believed that james wants the top job at news corp. himself. but for the moment, that position isn't open. >> mr. murdoch, have you considered resigning? >> no. >> why not? >> because i feel that people i trusted have let me down. i'm the best person to clean this up. >> reporter: the murdochs were asked specifically if there was any evidence that reporters from "news of the world" hacked the phones of 9/11 victims. rupert murdoch answered that
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question himself. he said they haven't seen any evidence, savannah, that that happened. >> stephanie gosk in london, thank you. with less than two weeks to go before the debt ceiling deadline, the president is threatening to veto his plan that passed last night in the house. meantime, he called the budget framework suggested by six senators balanced and significant. there may be progress toward a blood test for alzheimer's disease. researchers say an experimental test apparently can show how much alzheimer's plaque lurks in the brain. today one official at a conference in paris said the results give hope that doctors may be able to use a blood test in the near future to screen for alzheimer's. more evidence why tourists and the rest of us love to watch mt. etna. for the sixth time this year, europe's most active volcano erupted tuesday, providing a spectacular sight. well, some 80,000 people are still living in shelters in japan more than four months
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after that devastating earthquake and tsunami there. but now some of them are getting a new kind of help. cuddly comfort from robotic seals. they're said to understand basic words in five languages and react when they're spoken to or touched. said to be an emotional boost for survivors young and old. it is now 9:07. back to al with a check of the weather. >> thanks so much, savannah. as we show you what's going on with all this heat, it is just brutal and is going to continue. 32 states and the district of columbia under heat watches, warnings, advisories through saturday. that's unbelievable. plus, the other problem is, not just the heat, the humidity. why so humid? well, all that flooding in the spring of the missouri rivers and tributaries, that heat, that moisture from the flooding is being released into the atmosphere due to all the excess heat. and so we have these heat indices. these are afternoon highs. air temperatures. 97, minneapolis. atlanta, 95. same in d.c. 102 in little rock.
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101 in kansas city. you add the humidity to that, it feels like it's 115 in chicago for the afternoon high. same in minneapolis. 106 in little rock. it will feel like triple digits in philadelphia and washington, d.c. very dangerous. and it's going to continue for at least the next 72 howevers. that's what's going on aroun >> it is going to be another hot day. isolated chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon. ♪ somebody call 911 today's "money 911" is brought to you by charles
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schwab. get the help your money deserves. talk to chuck. now "today's money 911" where we tackle your financial questions. this morning, advice on setting up 529 accounts for your kids, refinancing loans, among other things. jean chatzky is "today's" financial editor. david bach is the author of "debt free for life." and sharon epperson is cnbc's personal finance correspondent. good to see you guys again. >> good morning. >> on a hot day, let's get talking about cold cash. first we go to skype. megan from rocky river, ohio, is on the line. megan, good morning. and what's your question? >> good morning. my husband and i started contributing to two 529 accounts shortly after we got married. one for each of the children we expected to have. and we're listed as the beneficiaries. in 2009, we had a baby girl. and this year we were surprised but excited to have twin boys. so now we need to start saving for a third child's college
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account. we were wondering if it's smarter to add an additional account or whether we should contribute to our existing accounts. and either way -- >> go ahead. >> either way we were wondering whether we should remain as beneficiaries or whether there are advantages to moving them to our children's names now that they're here. thanks. >> megan? >> you can be megan, and congratulations. that's just awesome. three kids. i hope you're getting some sleep. you do want a third account. and you want each of the accounts to have one of the children as the beneficiary, but you want to remain the owner of those accounts for tax reasons as well as the ability to move the money around. you need it for different children at the end of the road. then all you have to do is make sure that the money is invested aggressively when they're younger, more conservatively as they get older. most 529 plans offer these options so that you don't lose a bundle right before you have to pay college tuition. but you're on the right track.
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and congrats. >> and she started so early. >> i know. >> way to go, megan. now let's get to the phone. we've got shannon calling in from steamboat springs, colorado. shannon, good morning. >> caller: good morning. >> and what's your question for the panel? >> caller: i have been working for a company for three years while getting my master's. i have $13,000 in my 401(k) and $20,000 in my student loans. i pulled the money out to help pay off student loans. i am 26 years old and will be starting a new career as a teacher. my interest rate on my loan is 6.5%. >> all right. david? >> first of all, congratulations. you're actually on the road to being a millionaire. i ran your numbers. you can go to you've got $14,000 in your 401(k) plan. if you just contribute about $10 a day, by the time you reach 65 at 8%, you'll have $1 million in your retirement account. so stay on track with the 401(k)
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plan. and no, don't pull it out because you pull it out to pay for the student loans. you'll lose half of it to taxes. that will only leave you $7,000. and then you're losing your nest egg. pay that 6.5% loan down, a low rate, and you're in great shape. keep doing what you're doing. >> depending on where she's teaching, she may be able to get a loan forgiveness program. see if she would qualify as a teacher. >> best of luck, shannon. now we go to twitter. chrissy, what is the best way to go about refinancing my car? >> it's a pretty simple process. the first thing is find a lender who will give her a refinance loan. the best place is go to check out the lenders they have in her area. they'll also talk about the fees and conditions which can be hidden in the fine print. find the loan with the best rate. then they'll want to know some financial information about her. her income, her assets, debt load, credit history. and all of that information
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needs to see whether she'll be approved for the loan. when she's approved and goes through the closing process, then this new lender will take over the loan, pay off the loan. and the car's title will be transferred to the new lender. after that process, she starts making her monthly payments to the new lender. pretty simple to do. >> it takes 15 minutes. people think refinancing a mortgage, oh, my god, it's a process. it is so not. and credit unions are great for these loans. >> back to the phone lines. pam on the line from garden grove, california. good morning, pam. what's your question? >> caller: good morning. my question is about my daughter's three personal unsecured loans she took out in 2001 while attending a private fashion school. she's been paying consistently on them but has tried on numerous occasions to lower the payments to consolidation. and the answer is always no. she is employed full time. she has no credit cards. she has a car payment. and is there anything available to consolidate personal, unsecured loans?
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>> jean? >> generally not so much. you can look for a loan that's better and try to roll it into that, a home equity loan can be used for this process, but there's not a lot out there. just weigh in on the loan with the highest interest rate. >> hopefully she can cut that down. thank you so much. we appreciate it. for those of you on the east coast, good news, sharon's sticking around. she'll answer more of your questions on thank you for doing that. coming up, getting your money's worth on beauty products. we've got some secrets of the drugstore. but up next, is america breast obsessed? we'll have the male perspective right after this. but first, we'll just keep watching this video. bile app. it's schwab at your fingertips wherever, whenever you want. one log in lets you monitor all of your balances and transfer between accounts, so your money can move as fast as you do. check out your portfolio, track the market with live updates. and execute trades anywhere and anytime
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male moon. >> hooters. >> boobs. >> knockers. >> reporter: regardless of what they may call them, men have a certain something for a certain part of the female anatomy. >> what is it about men and nudity, hmm? particularly breasts. >> actually, i can't think ha it is, really. >> reporter: more than half of men we polled consider themselves a so-called breast man. so what is it about a woman's chest that turns men into, well, boobs? >> it feels like a bag of sand when you're touching it. >> bag of sand? >> the fixation on breasts starts with this evolutionary theory which is that if a woman is curvier, it means she's more fertile. a lot of it has to do with men being visual creatures. and also this idea that it's something that's foreign to us. it becomes alluring. >> reporter: to get inside the male mind, i had to go to the belly of the beast. that's right, the ultimate man cave. >> hi, welcome to hooters. >> reporter: here at hooters, breasts are big business.
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the company averages about $1 billion in sales annually. and it's no secret the reason many men come here is customer service. >> my wife asks me, it's duane. >> reporter: how would you describe a typical hooters girl? >> attractiveness. >> attractiveness? >> did i do that? >> reporter: with hooters leading the way, the restaurant industry is booming. new franchises like the tilted kilt and twin peaks are offering up good food with a side of sex appeal. safe to say men here can get a little distracted. >> i had one guy walk into a table looking at a girl. >> you. >> i'm taken. >> i have to ask you, when a man comes in, he's talking to you, do you ever see his eyes go right there? >> all the time. i just kind of go, here. >> reporter: the eyes may be the window to the soul, but in terms of getting a man's attention, a
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woman's chest is front and center. when it comes to that first glance, studies show that 47% of men focus on a woman's breasts. 33% of men's so-called first fixations are on the waist and hips. fewer than 20% look first at a woman's face. our cameras caught men struggling to keep their eyes north of the equator. ♪ and apparently some men have a system. >> when she's bending down, you go down. >> reporter: but whether they get away with it or not -- >> are we obsessed with breasts? absolutely. >> reporter: many men have a dd-sized fixation with a woman's chest. will you be back? >> yeah, definitely. >> sure, to watch sports. >> reporter: right.
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>> they were all very good sports about it. the waitresses at the tilted kilt told me that one of the most common questions they get is, are they real? people actually ask them that, savannah. >> i bet they love that. >> not the best way to get on your server's good side. >> all right, amy. good of you to show us that video of boobs. i'm sure people appreciated that. thanks for busting the story wide open. coming up, saving money on the best beauty products. we're spilling secrets of the drugstore. and where is casey? we'll have the latest on her whereabouts right after these messages. whoa.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is a wbal-tv 11 news update. >> good morning, and thanks for joining us. heat and humidity making headlines. the worst is yet to come. today is bad, low-to-mid-90's. he sees sun shines throughout the day, isolated thunderstorms. it is going to get worse. upper 90s thursday through saturday.
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♪ i see you driving around town withhe girl i love ♪ ♪ and i'm like forget you ♪ i guess the change in my pocket wasn't enough ♪ ♪ i'm like forget you you can't help but dance to his music. superstar cee lo green, born thomas decarlo calloway. from atlanta, he's going to be here to show off his style friday on "today." then the following friday, classic rock -- uh-oh, savannah's excited -- >> i'm swooning. >> journey hitting the stage. so make sure you stop on by.
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♪ so now i come to you ♪ with open arms >> i'm sorry, are we on tv? >> yes, we are. >> i thought i was in high school again. singing in my mirror. anyway, you can help pick the set list for journey's concert. we have three hit songs to choose from. they're going to play one on the show. text 1 for "separate ways." 2 for "faithfully" or 3 for "lights." text your choice to 622639. message and data rates apply. or vote at and be sure to tune in next friday to see which song one. i'm all flustered about journey. >> yeah, my song is smucker's. >> that's good, too. different kind of jam. coming up this half hour, casey anthony has managed to dodge the cameras since her release from jail, but was she spotted back in orlando? the latest on her whereabouts
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and new questions about the case. then secrets of the drugstore to help you look like a million bucks without having to spend that much. we're going to show you some of the best beauty items you can pick up at a corner store and they work just as well as all that expensive stuff. if you think this summer you've got to pass on dessert to stay slimmer, that was a smooth move. we're going to show you two popular dessert recipes, lemon squares and strawberry shortcake, low in calories but high on flavor. first how about a check of the weather. speaking of summer, we're really getting it. >> man, we are getting slammed and it's going to continue as we check out the day today. a risk of strong storms in the northern plains. make that the northern mississippi river valley. record highs through two-thirds of the country possible. showers in the pacific northwest. for tomorrow, that risk of stor storms moves into the central mississippi river valley. sizzling conditions continue throughout much of the u.s. showers in the pacific northwest with a slight risk of strong storms in n
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>> no end to the heat and humidity in site just yen. even today we are expecting high temperatures across the state, low-to-mid-90's. and that's your latest weather. >> all right, al, thank you. coming up next, casey anthony. where is she? and new questions this morning about the prosecution's case. that's right after this. minimizes the look of wrinkles... hydrates... renews... seems like an amazing moisturizer? actually... it's an amazing makeup. introducing revlon age defying with dna advantage. its powerful skincare ingredients and spf 20 help protect skin's dna. 96% of women saw flawless, younger-looking skin
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casey anthony was released
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from jail early suchbd monday m and has not been seen publicly since. the speculation about where she's been hasn't slowed down. kerry sanders has been tracking her movements. he's in prescott, arizona, this morning. >> reporter: good morning, al. flight records show the plane owned by one of casey anthony's former attorneys left orlando shortly after she was released from jail on sunday. it left florida headed for california. but it made a stop here in tiny prescott, arizona. the ground crews tell nbc news it seems a little odd to them that the plane would make a stop here in the out-of-the-way location because the pilot did not refuel. it was simply on the ground long enough to let someone get off. >> breaking news. is this casey anthony? that is the question. >> reporter: the hunt to find casey anthony took a comical turn on tuesday. >> people are speculating that yes, that is casey anthony. >> reporter: a circus of news cameras rushed to orlando's executive airport.
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after a tip the plane belonging to casey anthony's former attorney had landed again with her on board. >> breaking news in the casey anthony story. >> reporter: on twitter, "the orlando sentinel" tweeted, i guess this answers everyone's question, casey anthony is back home in orlando. but it would turn out the woman was not casey. reportedly it was all a joke. played on reporters by the plane's crew. >> we the jury find the defendant not guilty. >> reporter: even after the verdict, the two sides are still fighting. on tuesday the prosecution denied accusations that it withheld evidence from the defense about searches for chloroform done on the anthonys' home computer. >> how many times was that site visited? >> according to the history, 84 times. >> reporter: computer programmer jon bradley's software revealed the damning evidence. but after he testified, bradley tells nbc news he checked the results and discovered a software glitch. there was but one search for
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chloroform, not 84. defense attorney jose baez tells nbc news prosecutors never told him when they found that out, as required by law. but in a statement issued tuesday, the orange county state attorney's office said all of this information was disclosed to the defense in a timely manner. former federal prosecutor kendall coffey. >> prosecutors want to win, but they have to do it the right way. and that means a duty to turn over evidence that's helpful to the defense even if that causes the prosecutor to lose the trial. >> reporter: as both sides continue to spar outside the courthouse, we do not know where casey anthony is. it's possible she may have gotten off the plane here and is at one of the nearby mental treatment facilities getting the counseling her lawyers say she needs as a result of being held inside a jail all alone in a single cell for more than three years, or she may be in
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california at the beach. al, we simply do not know, and her lawyers say they want to keep it that way, a secret. >> well, kerry, for your sake, we hope we maybe spot her in paris. >> reporter: yes. i would go there. i will go there. thank you very much. >> i know you will, kerry. >> reporter: i don't know whether this plane can get me there. can this plane get me there? >> kerry sanders, thanks so much. drugstore beauty products that are chic and cheap right after these messages. dry and u. i can't wait to take 'em out, throw 'em away and never see them again. [ male announcer ] know the feeling? get the contacts you've got to see to believe. acuvue® oasys brand contact lenses with hydraclear® plus technology, keeping your eyes exceptionally comfortable all day long. it feels like it disappeared on my eye. [ male announcer ] discover why it's the brand eye doctors trust most for comfort. if you have astigmatism, there's an acuvue® oasys lens for that too, realigning naturally with every blink. ask your doctor for acuvue® oasys brand.
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♪ i'm going to be a beauty well, this morning on "today's beauty," the best drugstore buys. linda wells says a higher price does not always mean higher quality. and she's here with her favorite beauty picks from the drugstore. linda, good morning. >> good morning. >> i love this segment because it used to be the drugstore, you didn't think you were getting the best or the fanciest stuff, but now you can really get some good products. >> they've really stepped it up. it's true across the board. the companies that make products for the drugstore are spending millions in research and development. already the ingredients are better. the drugstores themselves are better. the lighting's better. they have more products. >> the packaging is cuter. >> yeah, we need that. and also, some of them even have beauty advisers to help you pick products and things. and then what you wouldn't think would improve is the generic drugstore products. now those are good because chemists are copying the high-end products unless they're
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trademarked and patented. and they're putting all those ingredients in great products. you can get great stuff. >> well, let's talk about foundation. this can get so expensive at the department stores. but the tough part is the drugstore is that you can't try it on and get your right color. >> right. >> what do you suggest? >> that's the hardest thing because they're packaged so tightly and shrink wrapped and you can't try them on. usually they don't have testers so you're stuck. you can bring in and try to match it or look for a shade range. that way if you're slightly off, you'll get a better quality. may maybelline is great. assuming your wrist is the same color as your face. but when in doubt, go for one that's a slightly darker color because it will warm up your skin. >> let's talk about eyeliner. this is fascinating. you say look for germany, if it's made in germany? >> right, which is something people don't know. there are two factories in germany that make the pencils
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for very high-end and drugstore products. quality is amazing. so if you look and see if it's made in germany, you know you're in good shape. >> because you think it's probably at one of those nice factories. >> exactly. so this one is cover girl liquiline pencil. and it goes on smoothly which you want. you don't want to be tugging at you're eye. your eye. >> l'oreal. >> l'oreal makes tried-and-true mascara. buying at a drugstore, you want to be able to throw away your mascara often. try to decide if you want waterproof or nonwaterproof. i don't think you need waterproof unless you plan on having a crying jag. >> you never know. crying tears of joy. >> right, tears of joy. so l'oreal voluminous million mascara is a great one. >> one of a couple anti-aging products. you say olay. >> they've put so much money in research and development. this microsculpting cream has
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great ingredients. whether it comes to anti-aging, look for retinol. so neutrogena has this rapid wrinkle repair. it's high retinol. they say that it starts to work in a week. >> as for olay, they have a whole range of these anti-aging products. you think you're in good shape with any of these? >> they're all really good. they have so many. you can get orienteded by going to that department and finding the areas that you need most. >> next we have a couple of facial masks. the price is right here. $1.99-are you kidding me? >> yeah, we love $1.99. these are great because they're freeman facial masks. you can get them for whatever issue you have, acne or calming or exfoliating. and they're so small you can just throw them in your bag and they're great for travel. >> is it one use? >> yeah, one use. you know, you can squeeze it out, but it's kind of messy, but go ahead. >> you haven't seen my shower, obviously. let's talk about shampoo. it's so overwhelming. there are all these different
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varieties. a lot of the drugstores have a huge variety between the expensive and the not so expensive. is there a real difference between these high-end and low-end? >> you don't have to spend a lot of money on shampoo or conditioner or even styling products because the ingredients themselves are inexpensive. if you want to and you love the whole luxury of packaging and smell, go ahead and spend it. but really you're going to get clean hair from really inexpensive products. garnier fructis smells good, cleans, doesn't strip your hair. then when you go to styling products, they're so inexpensive. john freda has a great line. >> when you talk about the cheaper shampoos, if people have highlights or color in their hair, should they worry about that? do they have to find one that's color safe? >> look for one that's color safe, but there's so many good ones. garnier, l'oreal has really good color-safe ones. pantene. just make sure you find a brand that's going to be protecting of your color. and find the one that deals with the issues that you think is
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most important for your hair. >> all right, linda wells from "allu "allure." great to see you, as always. appreciate it. coming up next, having your cake and eating it, too, without the guilt. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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♪ oh sugar ♪ oh honey honey this morning in "today's kitchen," summer's dessert makeovers that are as easy as 1, 2, 3. >> chris kimball, editor of "cook's country" magazine is here with two lighter versions of two decadent treats. good to see you. >> what's wrong with decadent treat? >> nothing wrong with it, but you are going to help us squeeze a little bit out. >> here's the problem. the reason low-calorie desserts are low calorie is they taste so awful. you throw them out and don't eat them. and that's how you lose weight. >> but you're going to show us -- >> we want to actually taste it. >> a lot of people might think strawberry shortcake, that's got
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to be healthy. >> almost 700 calories. with whipped cream. >> what's short about that? so how do we change it up? this is just a biscuit dough. flour, et cetera. now we have, instead of full-fat sour cream, we have some lowfat or nonfat greek yogurt, some skim milk. but this is a little trick. we took half as much butter. half a stick. by the way, we use butter. >> thank you. >> we put it in here. we've melted it. and when you stir this in a little bit, what's going to happen is you get little globules of that butter on top. when you put that into the dough and make it in the oven, they turn to steam. and you get a much lighter texture. the problem with lowfat is it's dense and gummy. >> you get the essence of the butter. >> the flavor of the butter. >> you don't taste that yogurty taste? >> you don't like yogurt, what? >> no, i like it. this isn't going well. >> greek yogurt. >> okay, okay. then what do we do? >> roll it out. you want to knead it a little
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bit. this is a lowfat. knead it, bake it for 12 to 12 minutes. there you go. >> those look great. >> so now you have a biscuit. now, we took two cups and mashed them up. another four we sliced. we used a little less sugar. the problem is you just taste sugar. >> right. >> nothing wrong with sugar. >> it's called strawberry shortcake. >> how do you do that? >> take a little sugar, you mash them up and let them sit. >> i thought it was a good question. >> no, it was. >> the audience isn't sure it was. >> don't be offensive. >> no, it was a good question, really. it was fine. >> at 52 minutes past the hour, we lost him. >> that was great. >> why don't you try it? >> see if you like that. >> if i eat, i can't talk, apparently. all right. let's move on to our next dish.
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>> savannah's tasting. you can come back with us. >> you can join us here. >> lemon squares. >> i can't multitask. >> finish this by yourself, this whole segment. >> go ahead, al. >> so we have a basic -- this is a cookie dough for lemon squares. some of these recipes use quite a lot of butter. we cut that back. a little milk. a little lemon zest. >> this does not taste like greek yogurt. >> it tastes better? >> despite the greeks who are storming the "today" show. like what do you mean? this we pulse to make a dough. this gets mashed down by your hand. it cooks for about 25 minutes. >> so you bake it. >> bake it, cool it and then put the filling in. this has a little less fat, a little less sugar, reduced the sugar a bit and we used a little flour to thicken it. put it back in the oven another 25 minutes, finish, and you have -- >> lemon squares. >> -- lemon squares. a lot of these recipes are tiny
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squares. >> one of my all-time favorites, pineapple upside down cake. >> we use frozen pineapple because it's actually sweeter and more consistent. the other squet is we use brown sugar which has a lot of flavor and it's also moist to get rid of the high-fat sour cream. so there you go. >> rule of thumb for other recipes, you can swap out yogurt, my favorite ingredients? >> greek yogurt is always great. almost always you can cut down the sugar and cut the butter in half. >> as long as you use butter -- >> if you take all the butter out, you throw it away, you lose 100 pounds a year. you're all set. >> but you're not happy. >> but you're not happy. that's right. >> we don't like that. >> great recipes, the lemon squares, strawberry shortcake and pineapple upside down cake. >> i'm buying you greek yogurt for your birthday. >> better yet, get her a greek and he can make her yogurt. fashion for those warm summer nights after your local
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is a wbal-tv 11 news update. >> dangerous heat wave in the midwest is shifting our way. temperatures are above normal. low-to-mid-nineties in the
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afternoon, hazy sunshine, a chance for isolated storms into the afternoon. the worst starts to push in tomorrow. 99 fighting, at 99
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